FIRE to Lead Webinar for Administrators on ‘Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies’

By on April 6, 2010

Today at 1:00 p.m. ET, FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley will lead a 60-minute webinar for members of the Association of College Unions International. The ACUI website describes the event as follows:

College union and student activities professionals often play a clear role in the enforcement of policies that regulate the time, place, and manner of free speech activity on campus, and knowledge of the related legal issues are essential for effective professional practice. In the recent ACUI Competency Assessment, needs for education varied significantly among the different functional responsibilities of the ACUI membership. However, the one skill set that all professionals—regardless of their functional area within the college union—rated highly as a professional development need was "Knoweldge of Relevant Laws/Legal Requirements."

This one-hour online learning event will address the common issues that have been observed in campus speech policies and that can easily lead to controversial cases against your institution, based on years of experience by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). During this program, FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy William Creeley will help participants identify and correct these common mistakes in an effort to support campus administrators in stopping speech controversies on campus before they start.

Each participant will receive an electronic version of FIRE’s new handbook, co-authored by Will, titled Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies. Administrators are also welcome to order hard copies by contacting FIRE.